Current Classical Highlights

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This previous month our reviewers not solely listened to current releases, but in addition went again to some worthwhile issues that have been missed within the final couple of years. These embody Gottfried von der Goltz and the Freiburger Barockorchester enjoying Mozart’s very first symphonies and energetic readings of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 by Louis Lortie, each from 2020. Newer albums which can be price a hear are Music for Girl Louise, a sampling of French court docket music and that of Henry Purcell; Malcolm Arnold’s Clarinet Concerto carried out by Michael Collins (pictured); and a brand new, English setting of the All-Evening Vigil by composer Robert Kyr.

Roberto Abbado – Vive Verdi! French Rarities and Discoveries

Albion Quartet – Walton: String Quartet in A minor; Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F main, Op. 73

Alim Beisembayev – Liszt: Transcendental Études

Łukasz Borowicz, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln – Grazyna Bacewicz: Full Symphonic Works Vol. 1 – Symphonies 3 & 4

Ronald Brautigam, Kölner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens – Johann Wilhelm Wilms: The Piano Concertos, Vol. 2

Kenny Broberg – Sonatas by Medtner, Rachmaninov, Scriabin

Rudolf Buchbinder – Soirée de Vienne

Cappella Romana, Alexander Lingas – Robert Kyr: All-Evening Vigil

Ceruleo – Henry Purcell: Love Restor’d

Chiaroscuro Quartet – Mozart: The Prussian Quartets

Fabrizio Chiovetta – Beethoven: Op. 109, 110, 111

Bojan Čičić, Illyria Consort – La Notte: Concertos and Pastorales for Christmas Evening

Jean-Philippe Collard, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Emil Tabakov – Scriabin, Rimsky-Korsakov

Michael Collins, BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba – Arnold: Clarinet Concerto No. 1; Philharmonic Concerto; Divertimento No. 2; And so on.

The Crossing, Donald Nally – Carols after a Plague

Alexandre Da Costa, Longueuil Symphony Orchestra – Stradivarius Je Me Souviens

Hilary Davan Wetton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on the ‘Outdated 104th’ Psalm Tune; The Lark Ascending; And so on.

Dennis Russell Davies, MDR-Sinfonieorchester, MDR-Rundfunk Chor – Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony & Serenade to Music

Jonas Descotte, Les Argonautes – Purcell: Dido & Aeneas; Circe

Maïlys de Villoutreys, Héloïse Gaillard, Ensemble Amarillis – Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Judith & Sémélé

Peter Donohoe – Haydn: Keyboard Works, Vol. 1

Cyrille Dubois, Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques – François Couperin: The Sphere of Intimacy

Dudok Kwartet – Reflections: Shostakovich, Bacewicz

Duo Gazzana – Tõnu Kõrvits, Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg

Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk – Brahms Analogue: Cello Sonatas; 4 Severe Songs

Eric Ferring, Madeline Slettedahl – No Selection However Love: Songs of the LGBTQ+ Group

Jeremy Filsell, Saint Thomas Choir of Males & Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York – Bach: Clavier-Übung III

Gaechinger Cantorey, Hans-Christoph Rademann – Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung

Gustavo Gimeno, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg – Stravinsky: L’Oiseau de Feu; Apollon Musagète

Matthias Goerne, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Florian Donderer – Schubert Revisited: Lieder organized for Baritone and Orchestra

Nathanaël Gouin – Bizet: Sans Paroles

Olivier Gourdy, Julie Goussot, Andrea Marchiol, THERESIA – Johann Mattheson: Boris Goudenow

Peter Gregson, Richard Harwood, Warren Zielinski – Quartets: One-4

Uwe Grodd, Pettman Ensemble – Beethoven: Grand Symphonies, Vol. 2

Heinz Holliger, Kammerorchester Basel – Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in C “The Nice”

Paavo Järvi, NHK Symphony Orchestra – Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta; Divertimento for String Orchestra; Dance Suite

Jubilee String Quartet – Schubert: String Quartet in E flat main D.87; String Quartet in G main D.887

Okko Kamu, Royal Danish Opera Refrain, Royal Danish Orchestra – Sibelius: The Tempest

Aleck Karis – Claude Debussy: Études; Youngsters’s Nook

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Fazil Say – Janácek, Brahms, Bartók

Kuss Quartet – Krise Disaster

Eric Le Sage – Jardins Suspendus

Louis Lortie, BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner – Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 ‘Egyptian’; Allegro appassionato; Rhapsodie d’Auvergne

Eric Lu – Schubert: Piano Sonatas D.784 & 959; Allegretto D.915

Václav Luks, Collegium 1704 – Bedrich Smetana: Má vlast

Maria Martinova – Nuit et Jour: Debussy, Ravel, Zanon

Anthony Marwood, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson – Lovely Passing: Music for Violin and Orchestra by Steven Mackey

Johannes Moser, Andrei Korobeinikov – Martinu: Cello Sonatas

Brian Mulligan, Timothy Lengthy – Alburnum

NFM Choir, Agnieszka Franków-Zelazny – Bob Chilcott: Canticles of Gentle

Gianandrea Noseda, Philharmonia Zürich – Dvorák: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 7

Gerhard Oppitz – Robert Schumann: Piano Works

Sakari Oramo, Berliner Philharmoniker – Rued Langgaard: Symphony No. 1, Cliffside Pastorals

Maurizio Pollini – Beethoven: The Late Sonatas, Opp. 101 & 106

Christoph Poppen, Cologne Radio Choir, Cologne Chamber Orchestra – Mozart: Full Lots, Vol. 2 – Mass No. 18 ‘Nice’, Missa brevis ‘Spaur’

Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi – Michael Haydn: Kaiser Constantin I. Feldzug und Sieg Oratorio (1769)

Anne Queffélec – Beethoven: The Final 3 Piano Sonatas Op. 109, 110, 111

Johanna Rose – 7 Actions: J.S. Bach, Sainte-Colombe – father & son

François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles – Debussy: La Mer; Première Suite d’orchestre

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques – Lully: Acis et Galatée

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI – Codex Las Huelgas: Bestiaire et Symboles du Divin, 1300-1340

Matthew Schellhorn – Howells: Piano Music, Vol. 2

Andrè Schuen, Daniel Heide – Franz Schubert: Schwanengesang

Raphaël Sévère – Mozart: Clarinet Works

Somerville Faculty Choir, Oxford; Will Dawes – The Daybreak of Grace: Music for Christmas

Martin Inventory – The Magic Flute: Das Vermächtnis der Zauberflöte [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Quatuor Talich – Dvorák: “American” Quartet; Waltzes

Lucile Tessier, Ensemble Leviathan – Music for Girl Louise: Blow, Purcell, Lully, Locke

Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra – Brahms: Symphonies 3 & 4

Truro Cathedral Choir, Christopher Grey – All of the World Tonight Rejoices

Jaap van Zweden, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10; Mahler: Symphony No. 10

Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester – Mozart: Youth Symphonies

Jan Willem de Vriend, Residentie Orkest The Hague – Franz Schubert: The Full Symphonies, Vol. 2 – Nos. 1, 3 & 8

Vanessa Wagner – Mirrored

Michael Waldron, London Choral Sinfonia – The Music of Richard Pantcheff, Vol. 3: Organ Concerto, Music for Choir and Orchestra

Paul Wee – Beethoven-Liszt: Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’; Mozart-Alkan: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor

Michael Alexander Willens, Kölner Akademie- Mozart: Haffner Serenade; Ein musikalischer Spass

See Siang Wong – Beethoven Trilogy 1: Fantasia

Yarn/Wire – Andrew McIntosh: Little Jimmy

William Youn – Schubert: Piano Sonatas III


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